The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn director Bill Condon announced Thursday that due to the persistent lack of chemistry between the film’s stars, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, Pattinson was let go from the film Thursday.
“Robert just wasn’t working,” said Condon. “He had a very limited range of facial expressions. There’s only so much brooding the audience can handle.”
Condon had first approached current it boy Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four, Beastly), but the British heartthrob was too busy deciding between adaptations of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series and Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy to respond.
Since the first part of the movie has already been shot, Pattinson will still appear up until six members of the wolf pack appear together half naked, at which point the audience will be too distracted to notice the change.
Condon said this will allow a smooth transition to LaBeouf’s interpretation of the character. “Shia has moved so far beyond his debut performance in Holes, where he acted a little too much like a real person,” he told Teen Writers Bloc. “Now that he’s had experience pretending to fight evil cars from outer space in Transformers, we think he’s demonstrated the emotional range we’ve been looking for.”
“I’m very excited,” said LaBeouf. “I like the idea that when I become a vampire, I’ll sparkle and I won’t have to sleep.” Pattinson could not be reached for comment, and though Stewart answered her phone, she professed not to know who Pattinson was. “We use a green screen,” she said, and then hung up.
Fan reactions to the move were generally positive. “It doesn’t really matter,” said 14-year-old Twi-hard Emily Smuthers of Boulder, CO. “I mean, I go for the realistic plot and the thought-provoking dialogue. The lines are so meaningful that anyone could say them.” Haley Roberts of Buffalo would have gone even further. “I think they should cut the whole character,” the 12-year-old said. “The movie is about one girl and the abs she loves. I don’t see where the vampires fit into it.”
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Photos: Twilight courtesy Summit Entertainment; Transformers courtesy FOX